Saturday, July 26, 2014

Alexandra, 5x7 Oil Painting on Canvas, Scene in English Garden


My sister took this picture of our friend Alexandra during the week of her wedding. I was struck by the colors, the pose, and her reflection in the water (I'm a sucker for reflections). I broke the rules of composition by placing her smack in the middle top half of the picture, and I like it. Her beautiful red hair is the piece de resistance.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fairy Cottage, 8x10 Pen and Ink Drawing, Zentangle-Inspired

When I am making up my own little fantasy world like this it is almost as good as reading fairy tales as a child. I start with a simple drawing, then let the patterns take me where they want to go. I try to use different values to add interest and form. 

I put my drawing in a double mat, which really gives it a nice finished look. It is ready to frame now.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Raindrops on My Window, 6x6 Original Oil Painting on Canvas Panel, Floral Still Life Daily Painting

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I decided to do a small floral still life in a loose style. When I finished, I hated it. I grabbed my palette knife and started scraping it, then I thought, "This looks very pretty." It looked like a window with rain on it, so I went with that. I added droplets and streaks of rain running down the window, and now I have a "mood" painting of a view through a wet window.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pink Hibiscus, 18x24 Original Oil Painting on Canvas, Large Floral Painting

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Our painting group got together yesterday to paint in a Georgia O'Keeffe style. This is the closest I could get. I didn't want to copy her, just do a large floral painting in a simple style similar to hers. It was a lot of fun using a big brush to do most of it. I may do some more of these.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Memories of Old Florida

It's been five days since my last confession, I mean, post. I've neglected my daily painting while continuing to work on my memoir about my childhood in Central Florida. It is an illustrated memoir, inspired by artist Diana Gessler. Above I am singing, "Peg O' My Heart" in my dad's restaurant, and below, when I was a bit older, floating in Lake Marie, ignoring (and being ignored by) alligators.

I haven't forgotten my list of biggest gripes and irritants. Here is my No. 11:

People who move here to Florida then complain that the food was better in New York/New Jersey.

How can that be? Half the restaurants here are owned by people from New York/New Jersey.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Orange Blossom Special, 5x7 Oil Painting

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I grew up in Central Florida, where the sweet smell of orange blossoms filled the air. This original oil painting is on the cover of the memoir I am working on about growing up in the small town of Dundee. After living many different places in the world, I settled on the coast of Florida, two hours from where I was born. In the days of my childhood, Dundee was all about oranges, so choosing a cover theme was easy.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Still Life with Zen, 9x9 Pen and Ink Drawing

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I haven't been doing much artwork this week, except for illustrations for a memoir I am working on. It's now time for me to paint the cover art, and that will be a relief, after sitting at the computer for three days straight getting the book laid out.

The drawing above was our challenge presented by Kathy Garvey to the Pieces of 8 last week. The challenge was to make everything look flat and one-dimensional. I think I slipped up with the zentangles inside the mango (between the glass and the teapot.) They are giving it some shape. I admit that's my favorite part of the drawing.

No. 10 on my list of things we should not put up with, yet we do:

Grocery products are getting smaller, yet costing more. There is either less in the package (like coffee and sugar), or the product itself shrinks (like toilet paper that is getting narrower and narrower in width), yet the cost is higher. You might say less is more.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

English Roses, 6x6 Original OIl Painting on Canvas Panel

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This has been very hard to post, because the colors don't look exact on my monitor. I have spent a lot of time trying to get it exact, but it still doesn't satisfy me, and it may look different on your computer. At any rate, this is close, but the sky in the actual painting is warmer than it looks here.

I am putting my list of things that are incredibly frustrating here, as I am losing track of my numbers. My no. 9 is:

Telemarketers, especially the crooked ones with scams. The Do Not Call List is apparently meaningless.

1. Inadequate mental health care since mental health institutions were closed in the 80s (e.g., mass murderers whose parents tried to get help and couldn't). This is, shall we say, crazy in a so-called civilized country and fits nicely with proliferation of guns to form the perfect storm.

2. Pencils with erasers that don't erase, and will even make a brown mark instead of erasing.

3. The rule about not ending sentences in a preposition, as in "not put up with." The English language is being mangled and new words from pop culture are added to the dictionary every year, so the preposition rule seems quite outdated. I do hate the question "Where is he at?" though. It almost deserves to be #4 on my list, it irritates me that much.

4. People driving slowly in the left lane.

5. Airplane passengers who bring carry-ons so heavy they can't lift them into the overhead bin. 

6: Deceitful practices in retail stores.

7. Packaging that cannot be opened no matter how you try; its clear plastic taunts you with a view of the completely unattainable product inside, mocking your frustrating attempts at entry.

8. Negative political ads, especially the ones with the low-pitched, sarcastic, gossipy-sounding voice that sounds like they are sharing a nasty little secret about the opponent.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Madame X, 5x7 Pen and Ink Drawing on Paper

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The attitude of this haughty bird reminds me of the original Madame X, the masterpiece painted by John Singer Sargent. It's like she's saying, "Here I am; yeah, these are funky shoes. So what?"

No. 6 on my list of things that make me grind my teeth and want to scream:

Negative political ads, especially the ones with the low-pitched, sarcastic, gossipy-sounding voice that sounds like they are sharing a nasty little secret about the opponent.